From Sheep to Needles: Kids are doin’ it for themselves!

“Guest” post from Lisa on the blog today. Enjoy! :-)

Last Fall I went on a field trip with my son’s class to a local farm (la Ferme d’André in Ormstown Quebec) where the kids had hands-on access to all the wonderful animals. As a group of grade 2-3 boys were brushing the alpacas, llamas and sheep, and collecting the fleece in their pockets they turned to me and asked if they could knit with their harvest. Without thinking of all the work that would lie ahead I enthusiastically said “of course”, thus launching us into a journey of discovering how to prepare very dirty fleece for knitting!


I engaged the help of two other mothers who had just a little more experience than myself to participate in this wool project, and alongside these 5 boys we learned how to wash, card, spin and dye the fleece that they collected from the farm!






When my son was in kindergarten I introduced the class to finger and loom knitting and as he moved into grade , knitting with needles was the next step. Since my son attends an alternative school with multi-age classes, it was wonderful to see the older students teach and encourage the younger ones. Soon enough everyone wanted to knit on circular needles and for the school fair the students made hats, scarves, pompoms, carpets, pouches, purses and pencil cases to sell! They even made a bunting as a class project during the school wide knitting day, a day conceived by the school’s children’s committee!



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Knitting now has a permanent place in his class (grade 1, 2, 3) as his teacher Sylvie has declared their class as “a class that knits”, and during the morning and afternoon “circle time” students are allowed to exercise their craft.

As I have shared my experiences of knitting in the classroom with teachers who pop into the store, many express how knitting and crochet has really helped their students with their concentration, patience, goal setting, dexterity, and logic. For classrooms where knitting and crochet are encouraged, the atmosphere seems to be one of creativity, helpfulness and mutual respect, where students experience the joy of learning and sharing new skills and the pride of accomplishment!


–  Lisa

New in store: Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK

Rowan Merino Silk DK


Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK is a luxury yarn developed specifically for babies, although it’s wonderfully suitable for grown-up projects as well. A machine washable blend of merino wool and silk that has a wonderful soft handle for your little treasures. Great for garments and accessories for all ages!

66% merino wool, 34% silk / 50g / 135 m / 148 y / 22 sts per 10 cm / 4″on 4 mm (US6)

Inspiration below!

LIVINGSTON by Nadia Crétin-Léchenne


(Photo: verdeka)

SURPRISE by Cinzia New York


(Photo: saragray)

Original pattern calls for worsted weigh yarn. Saragray cast on 153 sts (2 additional repeats) on a 4.5 mm needle and worked the 6 row pattern 37 times to compensate for the lighter weight of the Baby Merino Silk DK.

GOLDEN HOUR by Suvi Simola


(Photo: maja-blue)



(Photo: Lotta Arnlund)

–  Melissa

Haven’t signed up yet?

Our Baby & Child Sophisticate sweater class begins Monday!
Call 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.

Samantha Perrault
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Mondays, 6 pm – 8 pm, September 14, 21, 28


In this class you will learn the basics of top-down sweater construction and traditional raglan shaping to knit the adorable Baby & Child Sophisticate by Linden Down. You will also learn how to pick up stitches for the collar and button band after the body is knitted and how to shape the collar using short rows. Required materials: Enough worsted weight yarn of your choice to knit desired size. Set of 24″, 5 mm circular needles and set of 5 mm double-pointed needles (or size required to obtain gauge). Level: Advanced beginner or experienced knitter.

Free pattern Friday: My Favorite Cardigan


(Photos: Cascade Yarns)

My Favorite Cardigan by Cheryl Bekerich was just posted to Ravelry this week and it’s a great addition to the Fall lineup of new patterns!  As far as sweater patterns go, this is a very straightforward one that covers a lot of basic skills essential to every knitter’s repertoire. Knit from the top-down with minimal finishing, it’s a great project if you’ve never knit a sweater before. The style is very flattering on most body types and the vibe is casual yet chic.  Knit with a worsted weight yarn at a gauge of 17.25 it’ll knit up quicker than you think :-)

Click here to browse worsted weight yarn options we carry in store!

–  Melissa

Re-stocked: Addi Turbo Rockets


Meet the addi® Rockets, a line of circular needles that combines the best of addi®. Styled after the popular addi Turbo® Lace needles, these extra-pointy tips feature the same great nickel-plating that gives the classic addi Turbo® its incomparable zip.

Currently available in store in 2 mm – 4.5 mm tip sizes with 24″ or 32″ cord lengths.

–   Melissa

Still some space in next week’s Finishing Class!

Call us at 514-486-5648 to reserve your spot.

FINISHING (Bilingual Class)
Giovanna Clementi
$90 for three 2-hour sessions
Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, September 16, 23, 30

knitting-instructions-25bLearn how to finish your projects professionally. Binding off, weaving in ends, seaming with mattress stitch, picking up stitches for button bands and edgings, three-needle bind-off, sewing the underarm of a project knit in the round – all of these indispensable skills will be covered in this class!

Required materials:
Two Stockinette stitch swatches, measuring about 6×6″, a tapestry needle, enough yarn to work with in main colour and contrast colour, knitting needles in two sizes – one in the size you worked up the swatches and one size smaller than that. The third evening is reserved for personal projects you would like help with.

New store sample: ZickZack Scarf (Free pattern)


Created in the style of iconic Italian designer, Missoni, the ZickZack Scarf by Christy Kamm is a fun and engaging project that will have you endlessly knitting “just one more row” to see the effect of the exciting colour-changing yarns.  In this project, chevrons are worked with single increases and decreases with just one pattern repeat, knit over and over. The scarf is knit with two colours of Lang Mille Colori Baby that are alternated every second row. The result is stunning!

We used:
Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby, Colour 55 Vivid (2 balls)
Lang Yarns Mille Colori Baby, Colour 88 Fog (2 balls)

22 colourways currently in stock. Click here to browse / shop online.

Bonus: As of this month, a French translation of the pattern is also available!

We are running a 3-hour workshop for this beauty on October 14th. Alas, the class is already sold out. If you’d like to tackle this project but would like some help getting started, be sure to let us know and we’ll add your name to our waiting list. With enough interest, we’ll be happy to schedule a second workshop.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry project page.



–  Melissa

Spinzilla: Join Team Espace Tricot!


Hi everyone, Samantha here :-) I’m very excited to announce that this year Lisa and Melissa have decided to host a Spinzilla team at Espace Tricot! The store is keen to become more involved in the spinning world and thought this would be a great way to kick start the journey!

Spinzilla is a global event that is held once a year in October to help promote spinning and the fiber arts. The goal of this friendly challenge is to see which team (or inidividual) can spin the most yarn, either on a spinning wheel or a drop spindle, in a week. While this event is a great opportunity to get our spinning friends together, Espace Tricot looks forward to continuing to support the spinning community with regular spinning nights throughout the year as well as increased stocking of tools and fibers.

Whether you are an experienced or novice spinner we encourage you to join us for Spinzilla this year. We will be here to teach and encourage as well as to provide you with useful tips and tricks. I personally love spinning and have been very happy exploring this new-to-me craft. Learning about different fibers has led me to a better understanding of yarn which has not only been exciting but has truly helped me with my knitting knowledge.

We are very excited to start building our team for Spinzilla 2015! The competition week itself is from October 5th to 11th. Spinner registration runs from September 1st to October 2nd.  If you are a spinner and you would like to participate, please let us know! It is not necessary to be in Montreal or to be able to come into the shop, virtual members are also welcome. Teams fill up quickly, so be sure to register as soon as possible!

I’m thrilled to be Espace Tricot’s Team Captain this year and can’t wait to share my enthusiasm for spinning! If you would like further information about this event or Team Espace Tricot please do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail.


Stay tuned for more news about Spinzilla events and activities – coming soon!

Happy spinning!
– Sam

Upcoming Event: Shibui Mix Party!


Join us on Friday, September 25th, from 6 pm – 9pm for our first SHIBUI MIX PARTY!

Shibui Knits is based in Portland, Oregon, a city internationally famous for creativity and the arts. Our friends at Shibui are constantly searching for unique fiber and texture combinations to include in their yarn lines. All the yarn lines are dyed in Shibui’s extensive colour palette. The result is a breadth of both colour and texture, creating yarns that are beautiful to look at and luxurious to touch. Shibui’s patterns, like their yarns, are intended to help knitters of all skill levels create beautiful, wearable pieces. They strive to develop patterns that use their yarns to their fullest extent, as well as provide classic, flattering silhouettes to wearers of all ages, shapes and sizes.

Shibui yarns are among the most beautiful on the market today. Stunning on their own, their beauty is multiplied when knit together in various combinations.  In order to appreciate just how captivating and versatile these yarns are, you need to touch and play with them and experience first-hand the unique fabric and textures created through “mixing”.  If you’ve wondered what knitting with multiple strands is like or if you’re curious about how Shibui yarn combinations knit up, then this Mix Party event is for you!

In addition to the many store samples we’ve created with Shibui yarns, we’ll also have a Shibui Trunk Show, the Shibui LookBook, and swatches available for reference and inspiration. Each participant will also be provided with samples of each of the Shibui yarns currently available in store (for knitting during the party).  There will be light refreshments and the opportunity to win the pattern and yarn to knit Mix No. 20 (see photos below) – valued at more than $285. Finally, all participants will benefit from a 10% discount on all Shibui yarns purchased at the event!

There is a $25 nonrefundable fee for the party; if you’d like to join us for this special evening, please call the store to reserve a space: 514 486-5648.  

And remember to bring your needles and a sense of adventure!

Click here to browse Shibui yarns on our online store.





Cirrus (Shibu Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud
Mix No. 34 (Shibui Staccato + Shibui Silk Cloud)
Linier Top (Shibui Linen + Shibui Silk Cloud)
Groovy (Shibui Pebble + Shibui Silk Cloud)




Color Block Cardigan (Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light)
Lakeside Anniversary Wrap (Shibui Silk Cloud + Berroco Captiva)
22 Little Clouds (Shibui Silk Cloud + Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light)
Giant Luxury Scarf (Shibui Silk Cloud + Manos del Uruguay Maxima)


–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Nick Cowl


“A sleek and sporty unisex cowl, which can be easily personalized. Keep it minimalist, or add pom-poms, tassels, a toggle or beads for some fun!”

The Nick cowl by Heidi Kirrmaier uses just 400 yards / 366 m of DK weight yarn to create a simple, stylish, cold-weather accessory. The designer notes that you can make a twisted cord, a crochet chain, or an i-cord in a matching or contrasting yarn for your tie. You could even re-purpose a drawstring from an old pair of sweatpants or hoodie! Instructions to adjust the size are noted in the pattern.

We think this would be great in Manos del Uruguay’s Silk Blend, Tanis Fiber Arts Yellow Label DK, or Blue Sky Alpacas Suri Merino!

–  Melissa




New store sample: Color Craving


Another pattern from one of Stephen West’s previous Mystery Knit-Alongs. Color Craving was super fun and completely addictive to knit. It begins with just two stitches but quickly grows with five yarnovers added every other row. The middle section gets a little long but then the short row wedges at each corner seem to fly by in comparison (everything is relative!). The shape and structure of this wrap / scarf beg for color and texture experimentation and the unique shape makes for an extremely versatile accessory! Drape it, wrap it, wind it, twist it, tie it – there’s no wrong way to wear it. We mixed Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light (100% merino) with Handmaiden’s Maiden Hair (silk + mohair) and Shibui’s Silk Cloud (silk + mohair) for a soft, shimmery fabric with a subtle halo.

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.




–  Melissa

New pattern books in store

Rowan Just Baby

Click here to preview.


This collection of 18 baby and toddler designs by Lisa Richardson features classic sweaters and cardigans which have been given a slight twist with the addition of button detailing and fully fashioned shaping. There are also fun dungarees and romper suits in strong colour blocked patterning. Knitted in Baby Merino Silk DK.

Berroco Vintage Men

Click here to preview.


A pattern collection of garments and accessories for men, this booklet celebrates  Berroco Vintage – a versatile, easy-care blend of wool and acrylic.

–  Melissa

New store sample: Cirrus


We love everything about the Cirrus pullover by Nancy O’Connell (for Shibui) – the unique shape, the length, the collar. The Shibui Silk Cloud lends shimmer while the Shibui Pebble provides structure and beautiful drape. From the generous cowl neck to the curve of the hem, there are no sharp angles to this piece. An elegant topper over a longer blouse or tunic. Soft and warm and light as air!

Click here for additional photos and project details on our Ravelry page.


–  Melissa

Free pattern Friday: SoftCables


(All photos: LaMaisonRililie)

I know it seems way too soon to be talking about arm-warmers but, if you’re really smart, you’ll cast these on now so they’re all ready when the weather turns cold.  SoftCables by La Maison Rililie are nice and long which makes them wearable like unattached sleeves but they also work well down low on the hands as fingerless gloves. Knit in the round, these are simple tubes combining stockinette and ribbing with a single, crisp-looking cable up the center.  The designer recommends 100% merino yarn and we can’t think of anything cozier than a set of these knit up with the exquisitely soft Wookfolk Far. I am not exaggerating even a tiny bit when I say that Far is as soft as cashmere (softer maybe?). Treat yourself or someone you love!  I’m already thinking holiday gifts, are you…?

–  Melissa



New store sample: Traverso Due


I blogged the beginning of my Traverso Due at the end of June and am happy to report that it is finally off the needles! This lovely pattern by Regina Moessmer wasn’t actually a long knit but it had plenty of competition for my attention.  A few long car trips and a little focus and it was actually finished fairly quickly in the end.  It’s an easy  pattern that makes for a perfect “rest” project between more challenging ones. The combination of Rowan Kidsilk Haze Stripe (California Sunrise) and Madelinetosh Prairie (Espadrilles) produces a light and airy fabric that is incredibly soft with just the right amount of weight and the alternating stockinette and reverse stockinette creates a “no wrong side” scarf that can be wrapped a million ways.

We are currently out of the Espadrilles colourway in Prairie but Julie Asselin’s Coraline in Merletto or Shibui’s Poppy in Cima would also pair well with the California Sunrise Kidsilk Haze Stripe to similar effect.

Re-stocked: Digital Row Counters

A new shipment of these awesome digital row counters arrived in store today – in all the colours of the rainbow :-)


These are the perfect accessory for hands free counting while you knit or crochet. No more stopping to make a mark on a piece of paper or cranking a manual row counter. The electronic counter has a 5-digit LCD screen display that can count from 0 up to 99999 rows with 2 soft touch rubberized silver buttons to control it. Made from ABS plastic, the same material as Legos. Uses a standard AG10 1.5v button cell battery, so when it wears out, simply unscrew the back of the counter to replace it.

Click here to order online.


–   Melissa

New Koigu colours in stock!


We have 17 new colours in from Koigu this week – both KPPPM (multi-colored) and KPM (semi-solids) bringing us to well over 100 colourways on our Koigu wall…


The images above will have to suffice until we get professional pictures back from our photographer but the new colourways have all been added to our online store – just look by colour number.

Below are a few of our Koigu store samples for a little inspiration…we love this yarn!
Click images for project details.

Koigu Carlisle (based on Carlisle by Craig Rosenfeld)


FIONA’S TOP (Fiona’s Top by Saane Bjerregaard)


We ‘Heart’ Koigu Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot


Melody’s Shawl (Based on Melody’s Shawl by Melody Moore)


–  Melissa

Fall course schedule now available!

We apologize for the haphazard and infrequent blogging over the last few weeks – we’ve been managing summer holidays, inventory time, and daily arrivals of new yarns for Fall. We’re back on track now though and ready to resume regular posting!

We’ve also been busy putting together our Fall class schedule. Click here to view our latest offerings – some tried-and-true, and many new and interesting.  Registration is required to reserve your spot.  Please feel free to call us at 514-486-5648 to register via credit card.


– Melissa

New in store: Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn


Regia Pairfect is one of those innovations that makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. Regia has added a yellow starter thread to mark the beginning of each sock in a skein. Simply cut off the yellow starter thread at the beginning of the ball and begin knitting the first sock. After the first sock is completed, unwind the yarn to the next yellow starter thread and cut it off before beginning the second sock. The result will be two perfectly matched socks! Currently available in 8 colours. Not yet available in our online store but telephone orders welcome – 514 486-5648 :-).

75% Virgin Wool, 25% Polyamide
100 g / 3.50 oz
420 m / 459 yds
30 sts per 4″/10cm
2 – 3 mm (US1-3)



Colour 7111


Colour 7112


Colour 7113


Colour 7114


Colour 7115


Colour 7116


Colour 7117


Colour 7118


– Melissa

Free pattern Friday: Crazy Magic


(Photo: Susan Ashcroft)

Crazy Magic by Susan Aschroft is designed to show off fingering weight long-striping yarns to beautiful effect. Here shown in Zauberball Crazy from Schoppel Wolle, this would be equally lovely knit with regular ZauberballZauberball 100, Lang Mille Colori Baby, or Freia Refined Merino/Silk. A very simple project to work – only knit, purl, kfb and decreases are used.

Directions are provided for two sizes (single and double loop) as well as for DK and aran/worsted weight yarn in case a larger/heavier cowl is desired.

Happy knitting! :-)

–  Melissa